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Socialite former magazine publisher ‘kills two boys in speeding Mercedes and is charged with DUI’

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Socialite magazine publisher, 57, is charged with DUI hit-and-run after she ‘kills two young brothers – carrying one on her hood for 100ft’ – as cops probe whether she was street racing her Mercedes

  • Rebecca Grossman, 57, has been arrested after the horror car crash on Tuesday
  • She allegedly smashed her speeding Mercedes into two boys aged nine and 11 
  • LA County police said she may have been drunk and one boy was carried 100ft on the hood before he fell off and she ran him over while fleeing the scene
  • Investigators also said street racing may have been involved 
  • She co-founded the Grossman Burn Foundation and is part of a prominent family

By Jack Newman For Mailonline

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A former magazine publisher and co-founder of the Grossman Burn Foundation has been arrested after two young brothers were killed in a horrific car crash.

Rebecca Grossman, 57, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and DUI after allegedly smashing her speeding Mercedes into the young boys in Westlake Village, Los Angeles County. 

One of the victims, aged 11, died at the scene while his younger brother, aged nine, died in hospital a few hours later.

Investigators said one boy was carried 100ft on the hood of the car before she braked, at which point he fell off the car and she ran him over again while fleeing the scene. 

Investigators said street racing may have been involved and claim Grossman is not cooperating with detectives.  

Rebecca Grossman, pictured with her husband Peter, has been arrested after allegedly smashing her speeding Mercedes into two young brothers in Los Angeles County, killing both

A photo shared by Malibu Lost Hill’s Sheriffs shows the socialite’s Mercedes with a smashed-up hood

Rebecca is part of the prominent Grossman family and along with her husband Peter, founded the Grossman Burn Foundation.

She is also the former publisher of Westlake Magazine.

Police said the crash took place at 7.10pm at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive.

Six family members were crossing the three-way intersection on a marked crosswalk on the road with no stoplight.

Rebecca is part of the prominent Grossman family and along with her husband Peter, founded the Grossman Burn Foundation

The mother heard the speeding Mercedes and both parents reached out to protect their children and grabbed two of them but the two brothers were too far away and were hit by the car, police said.

One of the boys was carried for more than 100ft down the road on the hood of her car before she hit the brakes, according to KABC

The boy then rolled on to the street and she ran him over while leaving the scene before pulling over a mile and a half away, detectives said. 

Grossman was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and DUI and her bail was set at $2million

Grossman was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and DUI and her bail was set at $2million.

Officials are also investigating whether she left the scene of the horrific crash. 

A photo shared by police shows the front end of the silver Mercedes with a massive dent.

Investigators said street racing may have been involved and Grossman is not cooperating with detectives

Grossman’s father-in-law, A. Richard Grossman, was the founder of the burn center in West Hills. 

He began treating burn patients in 1969 and it is now one of the largest burn centers in the world.  

  • Anyone with information on Tuesday’s incident was urged to call the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station at 818-878-1808.
  • Do you know the family of the boys who were killed? Email andrew.snell@mailonline.com

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